Wednesday, 14 June 2017
YET ANOTHER WATERMELON BAG
After the huge success of my first watermelon inspired bag, I was requested to make another one .. now if you have been following me and my blogs, you’ll know that I realllllllly do not like to repeat my patterns.. so I decided to come up with a new idea for my next watermelon inspired bag..
Smart gurrrl, right ;) !
The beauty of this bag is that you can make it in just about any size you want. Just go ahead and increase the rounds, and you’ll have a larger bag. Throw in a few black beads and you get an authentic watermelon slice with seeds !
I’m making this bag to be used to put in toilet accessories – so it does not require a handle. I am, however, giving you links for lining the bag and adding an I-cord if needed, so you can make this a nice hanging bag too.
With this blog, you get a whole load of new bag ideas.. and if you like swag / potli bags, then you get a whole load of those ideas too.. check out the end of this blog J
Materials used : Polyester purse yarn in cones , with a 4 mm crochet hook
This yarn has a 4-ply or sport ply thickness, but do check gauge if you’re using a different yarn.
Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row. Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start. However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.
How to crochet seamlessly in rounds : http://cre8tioncrochet.com/2012/12/seamless-crochet-rounds/
How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour : http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html
How to seamlessly change colours : http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-how-to-change-colors-seamlessly/
How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag. http://vimeo.com/88972371
How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/
How to line the bag : View the link below to see how to easily line your handbag. http://pattern-paradise.com/2014/06/12/tutorial-how-to-line-a-crocheted-bag/
How to add beads in crochet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbLCuyfv-M
Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s) sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet sp : Space
sl-st : Slip stitch ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es) hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over
As usual, before we head off into our project, let’s take a quick look at what we’re working on today. We will work two halves to our bag and then we join the two halves together .. maybe add in a little side extra bit .. (?) , put in a zipper along the flat top end, line it .. and voila we’re done with our lovely bag.
You can use this pattern to make any bag (i.e not just a watermelon one), but if you’re making the watermelon bag, you need to use the three colours – red, white and then green.
Part 1 : Base of the Potli bag
Make two pieces
Start Round 1 (with red yarn) : with a magic circle and 12 dc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. Pull lightly to close the magic circle.
Rounds 2 – 3 : (with red yarn) : 2 dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Round 4 : (with red yarn) : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; *dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc*.
Rep *to* till end ; dc in the last dc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Now here’s where this gets tricky and where you get to make decisions and design a difference. If you are making a small bag, then carry on with me. If you decide to make a larger bag, then work a few more rounds of Rounds 4 (increasing 12 dc each round) and 5 (which is a non-increase round) till you have a slightly larger round base. (Read Note 1 )
In our following round, we are going to “flatten” the top off our round and make this a slightly flattish top. So how do we do that? At this point, you should have 72 sts.
I have decided not to work the last 24 sts. So I have counted off the last 24 sts and placed a marker in that 24th st from end. So in our next round, work dc only till the marked st, and then sc till end.
Note 1 : Oh, if you are making a larger bag, and are working a larger round, you will follow this idea, but you will be placing your marker not on the 24th st from end but on whichever st gives you a flattish top. As your bag will be bigger, the number of stitches you will leave for the opening will also be more.
Round 5 : dc in the 1st dc and in each dc till the marked st ; hdc in the marked st ; sc in the next 22 sts ; hdc in the last st and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Move marker up.
Round 6 : hdc in the 1st 2 sts ; dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; dc and in each dc till the last 4 dc before the marker, dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; hdc in the next 2 dc, sc in the marked st and in each st till the end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Move marker up.
From the following row on, we will not work the last 24 sts and work back and forth in rows between markers.
Change to white yarn. Fasten off red yarn.
Round 7 : (Using white yarn) : hdc in the 1st 4 dc ; dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; dc and in each dc till the last 6 dc before the marker, dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; hdc in the next 4 dc. Turn.
You can put the markers away, as the end of our row will be where we have ended with the white yarn.
Change to green yarn
Round 7 : (Using green yarn) : hdc in the 1st 4 dc ; dc and in each dc till the last 4 dc before the marker, hdc in the next 4 dc. Turn.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Make one more piece in exactly the same way.
Part 2 : Side for our bag
For the sides of our bag, I have decided to make a flat rectangle which I plan on attaching around the sides of the green watermelon part. This will give our bag a little thickness / space.
For this, please first count the number of stitches you have in your last row (so check either or both the green and white rows).
You should have the same number of stitches for both the halves of your bag.
This is the start number of stitches that you will use for your rectangle.
Start Row 1 : With green yarn :
(Using fsc for the number of stitches you just counted) : with as many stitches as needed / counted. Turn.
Rows 2 - 4 : (Using green yarn) : sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end.
Now all we need to do is attach this rectangular strip to the sides of the bag only from one end to the other along the green section.
Using one of the methods below, please join the flat strip to the rounded purse.
How to single crochet join : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30
How to whip stitch join :
If you are making this a hanging bag, check out the “how to” make an I-cord. There are also convenient links for a “how to line” as well as “how to add zipper” at the top of this blog.
If you want to add more authenticity, go ahead and either embroider in black seeds, OR add in some beads to mimic the seeds of the lovely watermelon.
Finally, I have added a few watermelon seeds using a black yarn and some embroidery thread.
We’re ready to show off this lovely creation too.
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